By: De'Andre Bonilla


Charlie Sheen is a highly-popular and mainstream actor/comedian who America seems to be infatuated with. Every so often if you were to flick through the channels, do not be surprised to see or hear the name “Charlie Sheen.” He has been portrayed as one of America’s most successful sitcom actors when he appeared in “Spin City,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and “Two and a Half Men” during his early work in 2003. Recently, Sheen has been a huge hit on the website and television program of TMZ for his crazy antics and run-in troubles with the law. From Charlie Sheen’s past of having a strong, positive drive and ambitious attitude during his earlier years to now having a “laid-back” and “self-destructive” attitude, one must wonder, “What happened and why?”
Charlie Sheen was born on September 3rd, 1965 in New York City, New York. Sheen was the third child born out of the four children. Sheen is the younger than his two bothers, but is older than his sister. Charlie Sheen’s name at birth was Carlos Irwin Estevez, but was changed after his father had changed his name. His biological parents are Janet Templeton and Ramon Estevez, also known as Martin Sheen. The talent of acting runs through the Sheen family. The veteran actor, Martin Sheen, helped the young Charlie Sheen land his debut role into the "movie production" world at the age of nine. Charlie Sheen's first movie appearance occurred with his father in the 1974 film "The Execution of Private Slovik." Charlie Sheen's siblings were also involved in the acting industry and followed their father's footsteps granted they did not have the same level of success as their brother Charlie did. Charlie Sheen, along with the rest of his family, moved from Manhattan, New York to Santa Monica, California where his high school baseball career began at Santa Monica high school. He was a star athlete at the pitcher and short stop position. Sheen had a strong passion for the game of baseball and wanted to become a professional baseball player after graduating. On the other side, Sheen had a lack of passion to become successful in academics. He would often skip classes and continue to fail his courses. During Sheen's senior year, he was kicked off the baseball team and expelled from high school due to his poor class attendance and grades. It was also during high school that Sheen's interest in acting began to accrue as he began to make a few low budget, amateur films with a few of his classmates and older brother Ramon. It was then after being expelled that Sheen knew he wanted to become an actor rather than a baseball player.
Charlie Sheen’s acting career began to expand in the year of 1984 where he began to work in several movies directed by Oliver Stone. He starred in a variety of films that were generally based on war such as “Platoon” and “Red Dawn” to being in comedic-type films such as "Major League" and "Money Talks." He then starred in a few sitcoms that aired on CBS, which solidified his stardom as an actor and TV star. His biggest show was "Two and a half men" where he earned $1.8 million an episode. As his stardom in Hollywood continued to expand, his ego grew along with it. Sheen has let his Hollywood career get the best of him as he indulged himself in spending his money on his "guilty" pleasures in life such as sexual escort services, drugs, and alcohol. Charlie Sheen reported to have spent up to $50,000 for a several escort services in the past years, and has relapsed numerous times from cocaine and alcohol abuse. Recently, Charlie Sheen has also been involved in many domestic violence situations with his former wife and of his wives from the past. From his upcoming as a rising star on the big screen to his downfall in drug, sex, and alcohol addiction, one must wonder, “How would the famous psychologist Alfred Adler and Gordon Allport classify the origin of Charlie Sheen’s personality?”
Alfred Adler
Alfred Adler’s theory of psyche and compensating for inferiority can be compared to Charlie Sheen’s personality in regards of his aggressive drive to be successful and his level of hostility due to his status. Sheen was the third out of four children to be conceived and had some sort of level of competition with his older brothers growing up. Granted he was born in a family of talent, Charlie Sheen wanted to individualize himself under his own “spotlight” and prove he can make it acting. According to Adler’s theory of birth order, the “later born” children have the potential to be more creative and rebellious compared to the two older siblings. Also, the later born is more at pressure and feels the need to work harder than their older siblings. Even though Charlie is not technically the “last-born” children of the family, the pressure is still placed on him to stand out amongst his siblings who are involved in acting as well. Based on Adler’s theories, Charlie Sheen may want to overcome this inferiority of feeling incompetence compared to his other siblings which is while he engages himself in hostile acts based on his aggressive drive. Sheen is not the type of person to seem to let others hinder his ability to continue to act and express his himself freely through the media. He did not like to be told what to do in high school and his rebellious persona began to emerge onto the surface. He did not want to be submissive under any regulations and felt the need to do what he consciously wanted to do. Adler would classify this type of personality under “masculine protest” because Charlie Sheen does not feel the need to be obedient to the law and others around him. Sheen is not timid nor submissive to anyone he surrounds himself with and feels that he can make his “own” rules. Instead, Sheen portrays himself in society as a stubborn yet confident, rebellious, grandeur, and defiant individual. Charlie Sheen’s superiority complex shows through his actions of arrogance when he stands in front of a camera during an interview trying to justify his actions of abusing a female and indulging his life around sex and drugs. Sheen’s exaggerated arrogance seems to be his central core of his personality, and it’s further displayed when he spends unprecedented amount of money on things that society frowns upon such as prostitution, heavy consumption of alcohol, and drug abuse. Adler’s theory of social issues and that one is healthy if they maintain all three (occupational tasks, societal tasks, and love tasks) does not seem to be the case for Charlie Sheen. Charlie Sheen has command of his occupational task but fails to commit to his love and societal tasks. Sheen finds himself having a sense of self value in acting and making America laugh through his creative television sitcom “Two and a Half Men” and movies such as “Scary Movie 3.” Lately, Sheen has been tarnishing his relationships with his friends, co-workers, and producers to the point where he has even lost his job on the show “Two and a Half Men.” Finding a suitable life-partner seems to be a difficult task in Charlie Sheen’s life since he has already been through three different marriages and divorces.
Gordon Allport
According to Gordon Allport and his theory on the “Big Five,” it can help predict useful and imperative life outcomes in one’s life. The “Big Five” consist of the following five traits: extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness. According to Allport, “extroversion” is a trait that involves one being social, dominant, and assertive. In Charlie Sheen’s case, Allport would rank him high in this level for many reasons. Charlie Sheen’s personality, as we know it, involves him being an outgoing person who loves to party and live a life filled with pleasure and entertainment. He feels the need to be around other people, especially woman, and gain the media’s attention. He feeds off the energy from the crowd of people that he surrounds himself with including his fans. Sheen was assertive individual on the set of “Two and a Half Men.” He would typically help the screen writers in regards of adding scenes and lines to boast his character on the show rather than just following the original script. “Agreeableness” is being the type of person who is friendly, trustworthy, altruistic, and modest. In Sheen’s case, he would have a low ranking in this category (agreeableness). Sheen does not fit the personality trait of being the type of individual to help the community without expecting some kind of recognition from the media. According to society, Sheen is not a trustworthy person due to his irrational behavior towards others and his dysfunctional relationships of his present and past. “Conscientiousness” is a type of individual who is competent, persistent, and dependable. Someone whose personality is based on conscientiousness will be the type of person who is devoting, faithful, aware of his or her own conscience, careful, and so on. Sheen wasn’t careful nor aware of his own conscience when he engaged himself in sexual pleasure from an escort service and forming a drug addiction. This type of behavior could only deteriorate one’s career especially once it is exposed throughout the media. One can not really depend on Sheen to stay out of harms way and change his current ways of living. He is persistent to stay the way that he is a person regardless of how society portrays him. In Allport’s case, Sheen would have a low ranking in the “conscientiousness” category. “Neuroticism” is a type of individual who is anxious, hostile, and often times depressed. According to Allport’s Big Five, Sheen would have a high ranking in this particular category due to his type of personality. Sheen is an exceedingly hostile person as his ego continues to grow. He has abused his wives in the past and had charges pressed against him. Sheen can often be emotionally instable which in terms can lead to depression. “Openness” is a type of individual who is high creativity and curiosity. Also, “openness” is a type of person who is willing to see “the other side” of a situation. Sheen has portrayed an imaginary side of his personality through interviews through radio talk shows and even on ABC 20/20. He has made references about having a “grand wizard master” who formulates his speech and ideas. Sheen claimed during an interview that he is a “Vatican Assassin” and is “high off a drug called ‘Charlie Sheen’ that you can not buy, otherwise you’ll die.” Given this situation, he is high on creativity and imagination.
In conclusion, Charlie Sheen’s personality is quite an interesting one and America is consumed by it. Alfred Adler’s theory of psyche and compensating for inferiority is clearly revealed through Sheen’s personality when he is under the “spotlight.” He behaves in such exaggerated arrogance and feels that he has it all in life. He often times flaunts his spending to a certain extent on nonessential items to only feed his desires. Also, one can incorporate the “Big Five” to determine Sheen’s personality from Gordon Allport’s perspective. Sheen is a highly neurotic and creative person but has issues on being trusted by others and is not dependable to an extent. He’s clearly an extrovert from all of his “run ins” with the media and exposing his antics to the nation.

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